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  1. Two teenagers are convicted of school shooting plot in North Yorkshire
  2. Suffolk man identified as fatal A1(M) lorry crash victim
  3. Bradford head-stamp killer jailed for life
  4. West Yorkshire MP quits government over 'watered down' Brexit
  5. Sheffield stab victim is named by police
  6. Woman dies following house fire in South Yorkshire
  7. Two charged with murder over Barnsley woman's death
  8. RMT members at Northern stage new 24-hour rail strike
  9. Homophobic hate crime 'unreported' in North Yorkshire - Charity
  10. Masked men steal jewellery and cash from 18-year-old Leeds woman
  11. Thirteen Yorkshire buildings up for architecture prize
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Building on old chemical site approved

Plans to transform Castleford's old chemical works into a vast housing and leisure complex have been approved, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Building site

Up to 1,400 new homes could be built on the land, which also includes the town's former Nestle factory.

Shops, restaurants, a hotel, health centre and care home have also been earmarked for the site, off Wheldon Road.

Supporters of the scheme believe the proposals will change the face of the area, part of which has been unused since the chemical works shut 11 years ago.

'I'm robbing you' - Recording of serial robbery suspect released

Detectives investigating a series of armed robberies in Leeds have released a recording of the suspect speaking as as shop was robbed,

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Officers say a series of robberies have happened in the city over the last few days and believe the robber carried a handgun.

The thefts have happened at five shops and bookmakers in the Bramley, Burley, Wyther Park and Hough End areas.

Four took place on Tuesday and the fifth happened yesterday on Hyde Park Road.

People may be worried about this spate of offences, however, I can assure the community that we are doing all we can to find the person behind this."

Det Insp James EntwistleWest Yorkshire Police

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, at J23 for A640.

M62 West Yorkshire - Heavy traffic on M62 westbound at J23, A640 (Huddersfield), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J42 for A63 and J43 for M1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J42, A63 (Selby fork) and J43, M1 (Hook Moor), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Yorkshire could see badger culling

There could be more badger culls in England as the government steps up action to tackle outbreaks of bovine TB in cattle.


The Environment Minister, George Eustice, says badger control measures can now take place in the so-called Low Risk Area, which includes large parts of northern and eastern England.

Permission will only be given in "very exceptional circumstances".

The government said that would be when an area is judged to meet the criteria for a bovine TB 'hotspot'.

Travel update: Pedestrian on M62

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Extra care is needed on the M62 this afternoon due to a pedestrian on the hard shoulder:

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Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

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M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between J33 for A630 Catcliffe and J32 for M18.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J33, A630 (Catcliffe) and J32, M18 (Thurcroft), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

MP quits government over 'watered down' Brexit

A West Yorkshire MP has resigned from the government because she's concerned Brexit plans are being watered down.

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Andrea Jenkyns, the Conservative MP for Morley, is a supporter of leaving the EU and says she's quitting her role as a Parliamentary Private Secretary so she can challenge the government's Brexit policy.

It comes as a committee of MPs said the government may be forced to stay in the EU's customs union beyond 2020 if it cannot agree new arrangements.

The Brexit Select Committee said that in the absence of another plan, extending the current arrangements "will be the only viable option".

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

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M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J41 for A650 and J42 for M62.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M1 northbound between J41, A650 (Carrgate) and J42, M62 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

School shooting plot: Boys showed 'interest' in violence

Police said two teenage boys, convicted of plotting to kill teachers and pupils at a school in Northallerton, had a real "interest in violence".

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West Yorkshire Police

Police said the case had been "deeply unsettling".

A jury at Leeds Crown Court heard the two boys, both 14 at the time, had become "fascinated" with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed 13 people and themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

The boys, 15, were both convicted of conspiracy to murder, and will be sentenced in July.

These boys demonstrated a very real interest in violence and had both expressed a desire to act out their fascinations. They’d looked into weapons, how they could get hold of them and where they could be stored."

Det Supt Martin SnowdenCounter Terrorism Policing North East
Stevie Ward tackled by Ryan Sutton

Team news as Catalans Dragons face Leeds Rhinos in Saturday's Super League fixture at Stade Gilbert Brutus (17:00 BST).

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Police pay tribute to fallen soldier

Police officers have visited the grave of a World War One soldier who became the subject of a public appeal by South Yorkshire Police in 2016.

Officer at grave
South Yorkshire Police

Sgt Francis Bark's medals were found at the force's HQ and officers appealed to try and find out more about him.

He had worked for Sheffield's police service from 1913 until the outbreak of war.

Sgt Bark died from gas inhalation aged 26 in May 1918 while serving in France.

Officers from the South Yorkshire force have been paying their respects at his grave in France to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

He is a credit to our force. Francis would have suffered due to the gas inhalation and died in pain, one hundred years later we stretched out our arms to Francis and held him during his time of need. He truly will never be forgotten."

Marie AllenSouth Yorkshire Police

Boys, 15, guilty of Columbine-style school shooting plot

A reminder now of one of our main stories today and two teenage boys have been found guilty of plotting a Columbine-style shooting at a school in North Yorkshire.

Leeds Crown Court

The two boys, both 15, planned to shoot and kill pupils and teachers at a school in Northallerton.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court heard they had become "fascinated" with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who killed 13 people and themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

The boys, who were 14 at the time, were found guilty of conspiracy to murder.

Sheffield stab victim named

Police say a man who died after being stabbed in Sheffield on Tuesday was 19-year-old Ryan Jowle.

Police in the area

He died after being taken to hospital from the Woodhouse area of the city after police were called to flats on Tannery Close.

A post-mortem showed he died from a stab wound to his chest.

Specialist officers are providing support to Mr Jowle's family, who have asked for their privacy to be respected.

An 18 year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of murder.

The 24-year-old remains in custody and the 18-year-old has been released on police bail as enquires continue.

Police cordons remain in the area.

Max Jowitt

Team news as Widnes Vikings face Wakefield Trinity in Friday's Super League fixture at Select Security Stadium (20:00 BST).

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Listen: Terror school plot case shocked locals

Two teenage boys have been found guilty of plotting a mass shooting at a school in Northallerton.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court found both 15-year-olds guilty of a joint charge of conspiracy to murder.

The older of the two teenagers has also been convicted of one charge of unlawful wounding but was cleared of a charge of aggravated burglary.

The judge has asked for psychiatric reports on both boys - they'll be sentenced later.

Councillor John Forrest is the mayor of Northallerton and said the arrests had shocked the entire town:

Man punched teenager in face at bus stop

Police in Harrogate say they're looking for a man who walked up to a teenage girl and punched her in the face as she waited for a bus.

Bus stop

The 16-year old was hit by a man she didn't know opposite the Royal Hall on Ripon Road at about 16:50 on Monday.

Officers say they're looking for a white man, aged about 40, and 5ft 9in tall.

He has a bald head and was wearing a bright green t-shirt with a logo in the middle and khaki shorts.

BreakingTeenagers guilty of plotting school shooting

Two teenage boys have been convicted of conspiracy to murder after plotting a Columbine-inspired shooting at a school in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

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Inside and out at Doncaster's Brodsworth Hall after revamp

Earlier we mentioned that Doncaster's Brodsworth Hall has been give a £1.5m spruce up - well here's a few pictures of how it is looking:


Work by English Heritage's conservation specialists has been carried out to the house, built in the 1860s, along with its contents.

The buildlng is now watertight and its historic heating system has been adapted to ensure effective temperature control to protect the original Victorian interiors.

Games room

A painting by society painter Sir Thomas Lawrence, from 1804, featuring the grandmother and father of the builder of Brodsworth, Charles Sabine Thellusson, has also been cleaned and conserved

Floral arch

All together 1164 objects in 27 rooms in the house were moved; 94 metres of carpet was rolled for cleaning and 320 chandelier pieces were individually cleaned.


Roadworks in York to last four years

Four years of roadworks costing nearly £40m are due to start on York's Outer Ring Road next month.

York outer ring road
University of York

The council is upgrading seven roundabouts and hope the improvements will cut congestion and reduce journey times.

Two held over traffic lights shooting

Two men have been arrested after a man was shot as he sat in a car at traffic lights in Leeds city centre earlier this month.

Burmantofts Street

The men, aged 21 and 26, were arrested this morning on suspicion of tghe attempted murder of a man in Burmantofts Street on 9 May.

The 23-year-old man was sitting in a BMW at 18:30 when he was shot.

He was treated for a minor shoulder injury at nearby St James's Hospital.

The arrested men remain in custody.

We have now built up a clearer picture around the wider circumstances surrounding the shooting."

Det Insp Andy FarrellWest Yorkshire Police

No guarantee housing scheme will benefit disabled people

Councillors have been told there is no guarantee disabled people will benefit from a new housing scheme aimed at them, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Old railway building, Elsecar
Local Democracy Reporting Service

The scheme at Elsecar in Barnsley has been granted planning permission despite councillors being told there is legal obligation to actually make the properties available for those who need care.

The old ticket master's office at Elsecar railway station will be remodelled to provide one house under the scheme, with a strip of land alongside the station used to provide a total of 14 further homes, including apartments, bungalows and houses.

The intention is that disabled residents will live in some of the homes, with their carers occupying others in the scheme.

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J42 for A63 and J43 for M1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J42, A63 (Selby fork) and J43, M1 (Hook Moor), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Suffolk man identified as fatal A1(M) lorry crash victim

A 55-year-old man from Suffolk has been identified as the victim of a fatal crash on the A1(M) in North Yorkshire earlier this week, police have confirmed.

Crash scene

The crash happened just before 07:00 on Tuesday on the A1(M) northbound between junctions 50 (Baldersby/Ripon) and 51 (Leeming Bar/Bedale).

The lorry collided with a stationary car transporter which had broken down in the inside lane.

North Yorkshire police said it was "not yet in a position to release the identity of the man who died".

The driver of another HGV which was travelling north shortly before the collision, and who took evasive action to avoid the car transporter, is being asked to come forward.

It's possible that vehicle entered the motorway from junction 49 or 50, police say.

Officers are also appealing to anyone who may have dash-cam footage taken before the crash happened, or of the collision itself, to come forward.

City's new mayor takes office

The new Lord Mayor of York has been officially sworn in today.

Keith Orrell
Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat councillor Keith Orrell has taken over from Labour's Barbara Boyce.

A view of part of Union Street

The body of Claire Louise Smith, from Barnsley, was found on Saturday morning.

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Search for masked robbers in 'rare and eye-catching' car

Three masked men who robbed an 18-year-old woman in her own home in Leeds earlier this month are being sought by police.

West Yorkshire Police

The incident happened at a house on Stonegate Road in Moortown on 8 May as the woman was home alone.

The three men got in and threatened the woman before stealing jewellery and cash.

They then left in a grey Audi S3 which police say was "relatively rare and is eye-catching due to its modifications".

Watch: Spectacular footage of mountain bike champ

Mark Ansell

BBC Look North reporter

The site of Sheffield's former ski village, which burned down six years ago, has been used as the location for a new film.

The movie, titled Gamble, features some of the best downhill mountain bikers in the world.

It also includes spectacular footage of Sheffield-based rider Steve Peat:

Head-stamp killer jailed for life

A man who killed his victim by stamping on his head has been jailed for life.

Dawid Kutek
West Yorkshire Police

Dawid Kutek, 34, of Ashgrove, Great Horton, Bradford, was found guilty of murder earlier this month.

His victim Tadeusz Pac, 39 (pictured below), suffered a catalogue of injuries including more than a dozen fractures to his ribs, damage to his throat and abdominal bleeding.

The attack had been so severe that marks matching Kutek's sandals were found on his head.

Tadeusz Pac
Family handout

Kutek had repeatedly stamped on his drinking partner after mistakenly accusing him of being "a grass" during a drinking session last November.

Judge Neil Davey QC told Kutek he must serve a minimum of 17 years in jail.

Thirteen Yorkshire buildings up for architecture prize

Thirteen buildings around Yorkshire have been shortlisted for a top award by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Albert Works
Tom Kahler

Among them are a music college, an arts centre and a warehouse conversion, including the Albert Works in Sheffield (above).

Scarborough Market Hall
Jim Stephenson

The Scarborough Market Hall and Vaults are also up for an award.

Roger Hawkins, chair of the Yorkshire Judging Panel said how impressed members of the jury were at the quality of submissions.

The Hide
Jim Stephenson

A full list of the nominees can be found here.

Police make fraud roadshow pledge

A touring roadshow, which will explain how people can avoid falling victims to scams, is to visit every part of the county, North Yorkshire Police say.

Roadshow team
North Yorkshire Police

A team of dedicated officers, PCSOs and volunteers visit each of sixteen neighbourhood policing areas before the end of the year.

Tackling fraud and protecting the most vulnerable people in our society is a key priority for North Yorkshire Police. Whilst these heartless fraudsters are becoming more and more sophisticated in the way that they deceive people, it only takes a few simple preventative measures to stay safe and protect those that you care about."

Det Insp Jon HodgeonHead of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Fraud and Economic Crime Unit

Roads resurfaced overnight in Sheffield

Some of Sheffield's busiest roads will be closed overnight for resurfacing work.

Roadworks sign

They include roads in Attercliffe, Tinsley and on Chesterfield Road.

The work will be done between 19:00 and 07:00.

Work in the Attercliffe area is expected to be completed by the end of June.

The surfacing of Chesterfield Road, between Heeley Bridge and Derbyshire Lane, is due to run for approximately four weeks between June and July.

Doing the work overnight is designed to reduce disruption, the council said.

Pair to cycle to Russia for charity

Mike Tomlinson, the widower of Jane Tomlinson CBE, and Premier League referee Martin Atkinson are among a group who are to cycle from the UK to Russia.

Mike Tomlinson and Martin Atkinson

The group will have to cycle 1,800 miles over 18 days.

They will start from St George's Park and end in Kaliningrad in Russia - coinciding with England's final group stage match in the football Word Cup.

The ride is aiming to raise £40,000 for a variety of charities including The Jane Tomlinson Appeal & Yorkshire Young Achievers.

It's going to be a huge challenge, but it's one I think we're all relishing."

Martin Atkinson